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    Default A good dvd Authoring package

    Hi i was just wondering which would be the best Authoring package to use?!
    I currently use Ulead DVD movie factory 2 to put my films onto DVD but i feel i am limited as to what i can do, e.g move things around on the title/scene selection screen,not having to have a big picture box instead of text and adding new menu`s like special features.
    Also where could i pruchase one from?
    Thanks for any help or info any one can provide!

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    Well, there's a bundle of packages oput there so a lot of it will be down to personal preference.

    Personally I use Adobe Encore DVD. The thing I like about Encore is that the menu files are simply (??) Photoshop files so the bulk of the editing can be done in Photoshop before importing into Encore proper to set up all the links. i.e. menu buttons are just groups of layers in the Photoshop file.

    So if you are experienced in Photoshop this might be the way for you to go. It's not the cheapest though - but there are ways of making it cost effective - and I'm NOT talking about ripping it off either. You can often find it bundled in with hardware, along with Premiere Pro and Audition and can pick up the whole bundle for under about 400.

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    Thanks for you help millsy.
    Just a bit too expensive though!
    I was hopeing their might be somthing under 100?

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    DVD-Lab is one of the best out there imho. It's powerful, fairly intuitive to use and has a huge knowledgeable and loyal following in its forums.

    Download a trial from here
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    dvd-lab looks good!
    How much is it and where could i buy it from?

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    From the web site of the link I provided above. At the top there is a "Buy Now" option. There are Pro and standard versions and all sorts of bundles too.
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    Default Re: A good dvd Authoring package

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisTeT
    I currently use Ulead DVD movie factory 2 to put my films onto DVD but i feel i am limited as to what i can do, e.g move things around on the title/scene selection screen,not having to have a big picture box instead of text and adding new menu`s like special features.
    Also where could i pruchase one from?
    Thanks for any help or info any one can provide!
    I am puzzled by this I have just created a DVD for my daughter's 21st birthday. The DVD Included a 'Movie' menu and a 'Special Features' menu. Movie Factory's limited cusomisations apart, you certainly can create additional menu items. Obviously though your have to create the movies associated with those items as separate video files.

    That aside you could always try ULeads DVD Workshop. A free trial is available from their website.


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    Hey if i was wanting to use dvd-lab to write my dvd`s would i have to buy the dvd-lab and copy to dvd bundle? I live in england so if i bought it from their website would it work on my pc?

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    DVDlab supports PAL output. It would appear from the online help that you can burn directly from DVDlab.

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    Yes, that's correct. You can burn directly from DVD-Lab.
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